Meet the Speakers: a Dev4Health Recap

by GRACE MOEN – Content Writer for Health 2.0 covering news, trends, and reflections. 

With Health 2.0’s annual developer conference coming to close this week, we rounded up some of our favorite experts to reflect on the industry and the future. While the Dev4Health speaking line-up included ideas from across the healthcare spectrum, one thing is for certain: people and patient experience is the north star of innovation goals.


What or who are you inspired by lately?

“Community health workers who understand the daily reality of life in impoverished communities, and can bridge gaps between patients and health systems to help people live healthy lives, manage chronic conditions, and obtain appropriate health care.”

Amy Sheon – Case Western

“Ed Hammond.  He is 80 something, widowed, but he is as sharp mentally as ever, participates in ballroom dance competitions, loves life, shares his wisdom with all, and is dedicated to the realization of semantic interoperability.”

Stan Huff – Intermountain Healthcare

“My Dad, who represents the polychronic patient demographic. With a heart transplant, management of ongoing heart issues and a recent skin cancer diagnosis, he reminds me every day of the people we are trying to serve. Even though he has some pretty serious health conditions, he does not think of himself as a patient – does NOT want to be a patient. My dad like many other people just wants to live his life as best he can.”

Lorraine Chapman – Macadamian

“The amazing effort and support that’s been growing around facilitating patient-centric interoperability. Everyone from SMART, EHR vendors and even Apple are getting in on the movement to ensure that patients have true digital portability of their data.”

Mark Olschesky – Datica

With the power of data at an all-time high, what is your big, blue-sky wish for the future of healthcare?

“Semantic interoperability using HL7 FHIR APIs and services.”

Stan Huff – Intermountain Healthcare

“The pace of Artificial Intelligence innovation will drive the need for new architectures that allow organizations to construct workflows across (not within) systems, and the current vendors will need to evolve rapidly or risk becoming disinter mediated.”

Brian Kolowitz – UMPC Enterprises

What is the number one design consideration to focus on in healthcare today?

“Taking a holistic, person-centric view when designing solutions for people in Healthcare – we need to look at the person (be it a patient or clinician), how they ‘operate’ (including with whom and what they interact), and their environment (home, hospital, clinic).” 

Lorraine Chapman – Macadamian

Where is the greatest opportunity for equity (or perhaps “tech-quity”)?  

“Make sure that every adult and child learns the digital skills needed to operate in society today, and make sure that they have a device to access the internet, and low cost broadband and mobile connectivity with a data plan. Without internet, individuals are not learning the digital skills needed to live in society today, much less to address their health and social determinants of health.”

Amy Sheon – Case Western

Biggest challenge developers and platforms face?

“The single biggest challenge that developers and platforms face today is working with unified health data.  The expectation – driven by themes like Personalized or Precision Medicine – is that the available data on a patient is all of it: clinical, claims, financial, social determinant, and omic. That covers a lot of different data management needs. This is an important thematic point for early stage companies.  We talk to a lot of them whose focus is on the “app”. We try to modify their thinking because apps are merely a visualization layer with a bit of workflow that expresses the data. And in healthcare you are nearly always required to have multiple views of the data – patient, clinical, administrative and so on.  Your path to monetization is really about unique insights into data and how you can express those to your customers.”

Todd Winey – Intersystems

Opportunities for innovation:

“Research shows that the more engaged patients are in their healthcare, the better the outcomes. Yet many digital health solutions fail to deliver true engagement, especially for individuals who can’t effectively use smartphones, tablets, or other digital technology.  What if these patients could manage their care through the power of their own voice? Healthcare’s earliest use cases are showing new opportunities to more fully engage patients with intelligent conversational experiences – for enhanced education, remote patient monitoring, care coordination, and research.”

Ben Schilens – Orbita

With data breaches in other sectors, how can consumers ease their fears and regain trust with sharing their healthcare data?

“HIPAA and GDPR provide strong frameworks for ensuring that patient data protection is an initial consideration in the adoption of any new technology. The rise of prescriptive versions of compliance in healthcare like HITRUST will help organizations stay ahead of the curve to protect patient data.”

Mark Olschesky – Datica

Give us a 1-sentence recap of what you shared with the audience at Dev4Health:

“How to move away from a technology-first focus where a solution is built around that, to focusing on the underlying issues, problems, people, and context in order to figure out how technology can serve in a meaningful way.”  

Lorraine Chapman – Macadamian

“Standardized FHIR APIs that can dramatically improve clinician workflow and satisfaction.”

Stan Huff – Intermountain Healthcare

“How we organize technology to support the spectrum of Artificial Intelligence activities from research & development to deployment in the clinical environment.”

Brian Kolowitz – UMPC Enterprises

“It is critical that providers are empowered with right patient specific data at the right time to enable organizations to cross the chasm from fee for service to be positioned to drive a patient journey that is focused on value and improved outcomes.”

Jocelyn Keegan – POCP


If you missed Dev4Health, your next chance to join the Health 2.0 experience will be our European event (May 27-29 in Barcelona) or the Annual Fall Conference which is celebrating its 12th turn around the sun this September 16-19 in Silicon Valley. Interested in getting on stage? Apply to demo here!